Campfire book and photo album,

GIRL GUIDES  (1930s.)


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cloth bound lined textbook with "Camp Fire" written in careful cursive and various animal tracks on the upper cover in black ink; songs in holograph, mostly on rectos; postcards, photos, pressed leaves, and other ephemera illustrating the volume, mostly on versos, c.222 pages. "7th Cambridge Guide Company". Index of camps: Felixstowe (1933), Morcombelake (1934), Bicknoller (1935), Morcombelake (1936), East Runcton (1937), East Runcton (1938), Corton (1939).

1930s snapshot album in blue cloth, c.32pp with approximately 180 small format photos.


Both camp fire songs book and photograph album compiled by Rosemary V[ida]. Stiles (1920-2013) and friends during the period they were Girl Guides (and after). The campfire songs book is an evocative album amicorum as well as being an anthology of favourite songs from all over the world: many of the book's illustrations are postcards sent between the group during the year, which were then affixed into the tome for posterity. Songs include well known ballads, nursery rhymes, and jingles, as well as lesser known songs, some possibly created by the Guides themselves. 'Waltzing Matilda', sits alongside 'Danny Boy', 'Shenandoah', 'Cementine', 'Incy Wincy Spider', 'Jingle Bells', 'Cockles & Mussels', 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean', and, perhaps most pertinently, a short one-stanza song called, 'Camp'.

WITH: a 1930's snapshot photo album numerous images of Rosemary and friends at Girl Guides' camps: pitching tents, skimming stones, field cooking, swimming, raising the Union Jack etc. There are numerous group shots, some posed, but the majority are of the Guides going about their daily activities, running the camp. Rosemary's friendship group appears to have consisted of herself and four others and there are additional photos of the five of them on holiday to various locations including the seaside, Stonehenge, and canal boating (latterly with at least one husband and baby in tow). Rosemary became a registered nurse in 1943, and became a Health Visitor later in her career. She never married but, if the album is any indication, it seems likely that Rosemary had a life full of friends and adventurous holidays.

One postcard signed by the group, from the "Summit of Snowdon", dated 25 August 1939 signed by "Rosemary", "Bennett", "Digger", "Wyn", "Tubby".

Loose ephemeral items include: programme for 'The Scout and Guide Thanksgiving Service' at Westminster Abbey (22 May 1937); programme for 'National Service for Girl Guides' at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (19 June 1938); two photos of Marguerite de Beaumont within a card folder; a heartfelt/romantic, apparently original, poem titled 'Dreaming' by 'Peggy Peters' "dedicated to my friend, Rosemary Stiles" (11 December 1934).

Marguerite de Beaumont (1899-1989) was a pioneer of the Girl Guides. She was one of nine girls, including her younger sister Elizabeth, who turned up at the 1909 Crystal Palace Scout rally claiming to be 'Girl Scouts' having registered ahead of time as scouts, using only their initials. Their actions led to the foundation of the Girl Guides. She was involved with the Girl Guides throughout her life and also wrote a biography of Baden-Powell.

Both albums in very good condition.

Stock Code: 243309

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